- Page Count: 342 pages
- Release Date: February 2, 2016
- My Rating: 3.5 stars
For as long as she can remember, Gwendolyn Allister has never had a place to call home—all because her mother believes that monsters are hunting them. Now these delusions have brought them to London, far from the life Gwen had finally started to build for herself. The only saving grace is her best friend, Olivia, who’s coming with them for the summer.
But when Gwen and Olivia are kidnapped by shadowy creatures and taken to a world of flesh-eating sea hags and dangerous Fey, Gwen realizes her mom might have been sane all along.
The world Gwen finds herself in is called Neverland, yet it’s nothing like the stories. Here, good and evil lose their meaning and memories slip like water through her fingers. As Gwen struggles to remember where she came from and find a way home, she must choose between trusting the charming fairy-tale hero who says all the right things and the roguish young pirate who promises to keep her safe.
With time running out and her enemies closing in, Gwen is forced to face the truths she’s been hiding from all along. But will she be able to save Neverland without losing herself?
I am so conflicted with this one. Retellings are pretty much the greatest and Peter Pan is one of my favorite children’s stories, so I figured this would be an automatic 5 stars. The first half was awesome, but the last half kind of got weird and fell apart.
Gwen gets kidnapped into a dark version of Neverland that has some pretty awesome elements like dark fey and an island that keeps shifting. I absolutely adored the worldbuilding. If you’ve seen ABC’s Once Upon a Time you’ll probably LOVE so many of the similarities. Pan is dark and every last detail of Hook is the same, even down to his outfit, appearance, and faint Irish accent.
I couldn’t get a very strong feel for Gwen, though, and she swooned over every guy she met way too easily. And way more could’ve happened with Gwen’s special identity. The story had so much potential, but focused too much on side things that didn’t matter and then abandoned storylines that could’ve been so much more. It felt like the author wasn’t entirely sure what she wanted to do…
My biggest issue was Hook’s life story being told in fragmented sentences piece by piece at the top of every chapter. It was totally unrelated to what was going on and completely threw me out of the main story every few pages. I liked knowing his story in the end, but that format didn’t work as well as it did in other books (like the Mistborn trilogy). Also, the amount of typos and missing words were annoying. So maybe those bits affected how I viewed the story overall!
This book had some bumps, but it was an entertaining read overall and I do recommend it if you like Neverland!